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Whose country is it, anyway?
by Michelle Malkin
May 6, 2010
A group of California students who dared to wear the American flag on Cinco de Mayo learned a hard lesson about the corruption of citizenship and sovereignty this week.
They were sent home for their show of U.S. patriotism. Because while flying the colors of reconquista is perfectly acceptable, flying Old Glory is practically a hate crime. Some Mexican-American students KTVU spoke with said they thought wearing red, white and blue on Cinco de Mayo was disrespectful.
Whose heroes? Obama constantly invokes GOP icons
by Ken Thomas
April 6, 2012
President Barack Obama is embracing an unlikely group of political icons as he tries to paint Mitt Romney as extreme: He's praising Republican presidents from Abraham Lincoln to Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan.
The Democratic president typically offers up GOP leaders of the past as evidence of how both parties can work together in Washington to pursue big ideas and rebuild the economy. With Election Day seven months away, Obama hopes to persuade voters that he, like his Republican predecessors, is a reasonable moderate. At the same time, he's casting Romney as a candidate who would embrace too-conservative policies out of step with most Americans and with their own party in years past.
Why All The Measles Outbreaks?
September 13, 2013
CNN: U.S. measles cases in 2013 may be most in 17 years...and wait for it..."people who refuse to vaccinate their children are behind the increasing number of outbreaks, health officials say"
Of course! It is ALWAYS the unvaccinated. And the answer is always MORE vaccines. Scientists believe that measles can be eradicated by vaccinating 80% -100% of the population. Theoretically, such "herd" immunity will interrupt measles transmission and end epidemics. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that "immunization coverage of 2 year olds of 80% may be sufficient to prevent sustained measles outbreaks in urban communities". This is what is referred to as "herd immunity". Ok, so are you following? We need about 80% of people (children) to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity and prevent outbreaks. Just yesterday (published September 12, 2013) The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said childhood immunization levels are near or above national targets. Let me repeat: CHILDHOOD immunization levels are near or ABOVE National targets.
Why America is still skirting the issue of cheerleading
The Sydney Morning Herald (AU)
by Steven Wells
March 17, 2006
Cheerleading is a sport in crisis. Actually, in crises. There's a debate as to whether it's a sport at all, writes Steven Wells. There's a row about how appropriate it is to have schoolgirls in short skirts perform dirty-dancing moves.
And then there's the fact that for the past five years America has been ripped apart by a maelstrom of cheerleader sex, substance abuse and violence. In Iowa, a 15-year-old cheerleader was arrested for allegedly writing "Columbine-style" threats to blow up her school. In Boston, members of a high-school cheerleading squad produced "a homemade lesbian porno video".
Why can't my children learn?
The Age (AU)
by Margaret Cook
May 16, 2005
Early last century, the only way that Victoria's impoverished children could get a secondary education was to gain a scholarship to a private school.
"Working-class and lower middle-class parents demanded a secondary system be established," says Adrian Jones, the chairman of the History Council of Victoria.
Why Can't the Republicans Nominate a Genuine Right-Wing Nut?
by Phyllis Chesler
November 10, 2011
Conservatives just need to come to grips with the fact that it's always going to be a Mitt Romney-type who leads the ticket.
Conservatives are fired up. Thanks to the Tea Party and Obama's general left-wing bungling, we're mad and ready to go for the throat on government spending. So who does Intrade show as having a 70% chance of winning the Republican nomination for president? Mitt "Social Security is just fine" Romney. The left is always shrieking that the Republicans are going to nominate some right-wing nut for the presidency; if only that were true. The Republican base's perfect candidate would be someone who emerged from his bomb shelter toting a shotgun with the sole purpose of dismantling government.
Why Conservatives Shouldn't 'Tax the Poor'
The American Spectator
by W. James Antle, Iii
November 22, 2011
Yesterday I posted a few items on Twitter endorsing Ramesh Ponnuru's argument that conservative concerns about people not paying income taxes are overblown.
Some of the responses I received are themselves worth responding to. Many conservatives are fixated on the the 47 percent of Americans (probably closer to 46 percent this year) who don't pay income tax. To the extent that this is a rhetorical point against liberal arguments that the rich are undertaxed, it is worthwhile. I can also understand concerns about people voting for big government without paying for it, though one can be a net beneficiary of federal spending even if they pay some amount of income taxes.
Why Do Some Liberals Become Conservatives?
by Jean Kaufman
March 1, 2013
The intellectual transformation from left to right.
These days it may seem as though the entire nation is moving ever leftward. But on the personal level it's actually much more usual for political change to go in the opposite direction: from left to right. It's not that uncommon an event, either - in fact, there's a whole literature of political memoir written by left-to-right changers (such as David Horowitz and Norman Podhoretz, to name just two).
Why Do We Need Compulsory-Attendance Laws?
News With Views
by Joel Turtel
June 3, 2006
Why do we need compulsory-attendance laws? Why compel parents to send their children to public schools? Wouldn't parents naturally educate their children without compulsion?
Human nature and history prove this to be the case. All over the world, parents push to educate their children, with or without public schools. In Japan, school is compulsory only up to the equivalent of junior high school (ninth-grade level). High schools in Japan, like colleges in America, are privately owned and charge tuition. Middle-school students compete fiercely for a place in high schools even though their parents must pay to get them in.
Why Education Is So Difficult and Contentious
by Kieran Egan
January 1, 2003
Knowledge exists only in living human tissue, and the literacy codes we use for storage are cues that need to go through a complex transformation before they can be brought to life again in another mind.
This article proposes to explain why education is so difficult and contentious by arguing that educational thinking draws on only three fundamental ideas-that of socializing the young, shaping the mind by a disciplined academic curriculum, and facilitating the development of students' potential.
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